We call on the Works Minister Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu to conduct
immediate investigation into the Temerloh Hospital Project to
ascertain whether there have been improprieties
by Dr Tan Seng Giaw
Monday): The Public works Department has been
monitoring the Temerloh Hospital project (PHTSB) which, as a turnkey
contractor, is responsible for the design, construction, equipping,
commissioning and maintenance of the hospital. The contract number is JKR/IP/B/24/2002.
This project is supposed to cost RM500 million.
The project is situated at the 44-acre site, Kampung Paya Luas, Mukim Perak,
Daerah Temerloh. The possession of the site was on 8 March, 2002. But, works
started in 2001. Is there special privilege given to
PHTSB? Works was due for completion on 7 September, 2004. This was extended
to 6 December, 2004. The Certificate of Practical Completion was issued on
15 January, 2005, without full consideration of the actual status of the
progress of the project.
The main contractor for the project is PHTSB with Syarikat Permodalan
Kebangsaan (SPK) having 40% shares, Mokhtar Mohamad Nazir (MMN) Bina 40% and
Aspirasi Sama 20%. Some believe that PHTSB has been awarded the contract
under an unusual circumstance. While SPK and MMN Bina are listed in the
Construction Industry Development Board (CIBD), we are not clear about
In line with the provision of Clause 8 of the Conditions of Contract, the
Contractor shall ensure that the quality of works as a whole must be
maintained and that the works are carried out in conformity in every respect
with the requirements of the contract.
The contractor shall engage full time on site during the whole
duration of the contract adequate number of professional engineers or
other appropriate professionals registered with the respective boards
in Malaysia and sub-professional staff to provide close supervision of
the works at all times to ensure full compliance with the design and
specification of the works.
For example, the paved roads and car parks have not been
constructed to the required qualities. The contractor has promised the
use of granite which is RM18 per tonne, whereas in some parts it is
using limestone, costing RM11 per tonne. Has Puan Puteh Kamariah Bt
Mohamad, who is PWD quantity surveyor, surveyed the quality of all the
The covered pedestrian walkway has three road gaps. Why is it not
Testing and commissioning for the mechanical and electrical works is
not completed. Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu should let us know whether
there is a schedule for Technical Viability of the testing and
We have often heard the Works Minister talked about the certificate of
practical completion (CPC). On 31 January, 2005, Puan Puteh Kamariah
Bt Mohamad signed the CPC as the Project Director as follows:
In accordance with Clause 40 of the Condition of Contract and subject
to the completion of any outstanding work and the making good of any
defects, imperfections, shrinkages or any other faults whatsoever ( as
listed in Appendix A) as required under Clause 46 of the Condition of
Contract and which may appear during the Defects Liability Period it
is hereby certified that the whole of the Works as mentioned above
were satisfactorily completed on 14th January, 2005 and taken into
possession on 15 January, 2005 and that the said Defects Liability
Period in respects of the said Works began on 15th January, 2005 and
will end on 14th January, 2007.
We urge the Works Minister to investigate immediately whether the
whole of the works has been completed satisfactorily. What is his
criteria for the issuance of the CPC?
* Dr Tan Seng Giaw, DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for